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Greetings Riders,
What a beautiful weekend in Arizona. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of this perfect weather in some way. For me, I tried to make it a family week. I flew my 88 year old Father to Payson for breakfast and then for a stop in Sedona so that he could see those beautiful red rocks at eye level. What was so special about that trip was that he was a pilot himself back in the day. I remember being about 5 years old when he would put me in the luggage area of a Piper Cub and take off from our runway on the farm back in Kansas. Fast forward 52 years and now I am flying him around. But I let him set up front. He thoroughly enjoyed the day as did I. It occurred to me that this instance is a perfect example of the Circle of Life. I am blessed to still have him around, healthy and vibrant at his age. He will be 89 in January and I don’t even have to help him in the plane.
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On Saturday afternoon, I went to the other end of the spectrum, backing up the clock 86 years as I spent some quality time with my Grandsons who are 2 1/2 and just over 1 year old. It sure is fun to see them learn things and grow, but it becomes very apparent why God makes kids for younger people. Not only can they wear you out, but they make you do things you wouldn’t normally do. Check out this picture of me and the 2 year old trying on our play dough eye brows for size. Click Here. Funny pic. Again, another example of the Circle of Life from 88 to 2. To have both of these experiences in one week was a true blessing that I won’t soon forget.
Sunday was time for Mrs. C. and I to do whatever we wanted. The good part about having Grandkids is that you get to play with them and they go home. We are empty nesters and are reclaiming time to enjoy each other. So after some deliberation, the impending blue skies and 80 degree weather, we decided to saddle up on the bikes and head to Sedona and on up through Oak Creek Canyon to see the changing of the leaves which we had never seen, (see from the air) and have lunch at Junipine Resort Café out on the patio. With the weather in the upper 60’s and Sunny in Sedona, it was the perfect long sleeve or sweatshirt riding weather. The golden beauty of the leave changing on this ride was outstanding. See the Photos.
All of us that live in the area have probably ridden to Sedona many times. BUT, what made this time special for us is that for one of the few times, we really had no time schedule which allowed us to explore other parts of Sedona, or simply make a right turn, or left turn whenever we wanted. This led us to some new stops that I want to share with you today.
Normally when we ride to Sedona we will either come up I-17 to Hwy. 179 into Sedona, which is the best way to go. Or we might be coming from Jerome and coming in from the Southwest on 89A. But almost always we go right on through Sedona and on up 89A to Flagstaff to make the loop back down I-17 back to the valley. This time, we decided to explore some things that we hadn’t seen for years and some new things we had not experienced.
Here are four stops that you should consider making while in Sedona.
Chapel of the Holy Cross. (Map)
Our route this time was I-17 to Hwy. 179 headed for Sedona. About 3 miles from the junction of 89A you will see signs that say “Chapel of the Holy Cross”. Turn right on Chapel Rd. and go 1 mile to the Chapel that you will see up in the red rocks on your left. Parking is right below the chapel. There is motorcycle parking up near the top right below the ramp. The chapel is built into the buttes of Sedona and projects a giant cross that seems to come out of the red rocks. The project was completed in 1956 after 18 months of construction at the cost of $300,000. It is free to visit and is a must see while in Sedona. In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona. Click Here for Photo.
Junipine Resort Café. (Map)
Junipine Resort Café is located just 8.5 miles North of the Hwy. 179/89A intersection in the middle of Oak Creek Canyon. This is a beautiful ride and the perfect place to eat lunch on their patio and watch the bikes ride by on your way to Flagstaff. It is also a good turnaround spot if you just wanted to take a short ride up Oak Creek Canyon for lunch and back to Sedona. Check with them for closing times. They closed at 2 PM on the Sunday we were there. 928-282-7406. Get some fresh apples now on this route from the roadside vendors. See Photo.
Ride up to Sedona Airport. (Map)
You might be thinking, why would I want to ride up to the airport? This is an unknown nugget for motorcycle riders, or most people that visit Sedona for that matter. The airport sits on a Mesa in Sedona at 4827 feet. But it also happens to provide the best views of West Sedona that there is without hiking. This 1.2 mile ride up the winding road will take you to a parking area just across from a viewing area that even has binoculars installed. This is a fantastic view that you will enjoy. It sits right next to the Sky Ranch Motel that would also be a nice place to spend the night. Take a left on Airport Rd. that is just 1 mile West of the Hwy. 179/89A intersection. Click Here for Photo.
The Enchantment Resort. (Map)
I saved this for last because it is an absolutely beautiful ride and an even bigger payoff. This world class resort is located in Boynton Canyon, a box canyon deep into the red rocks of West Sedona. The setting for this magnificent property is stunning. We have lived here for 32 years and had never ridden back there. This 5.2 mile ride from Hwy. 89A is a jewel. The views of the red rock mountains are incredible and always in your line of sight. From the 179/89A intersection go West on 89A 3 miles to Dry Creek Rd. Go North on Dry Creek which turns into Boynton Pass Rd. to Boynton Cyn Rd. Turn right and follow the signs to Enchantment. You will get to a guard shack. Tell them that you would like to go to the lobby. They will take your name and let you in. Go into the restaurant area and look at the pool overlook. Click Here for Photo.
The next time you are in Sedona, do what we did, and plan some extra time to really enjoy the beauty that we have within 100 miles of us here in the Phoenix area. Be sure to look at the pictures that I took along the way. You will get a good sense of what it looks like with the fall colors and the beauty of Sedona.
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Ride Safe and enjoy,

Tidbits and Updates:
**Only 2 more nights left! The Fall season of the Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports will be ending on Thursday, November 14th. This week will be NASCAR night at Bike Night. We will have 7 of the top NEXT Nascar drivers that will be there signing autographs as well as a NASCAR on display. These are the young up and coming drivers you will see in the future. 74th Street Band will be our Live Music. Get your new T-Shirts at the Big Biker Babes booth. Sign up for the upcoming Veterans Tribute Ride. Come by and enjoy the last 2 nights of the season. Weather will be perfect!
**Take a look at our brand new T-Shirts emblazoned with the rider mantra of "Ride - Eat -Sleep - Repeat" on the front and the Logo on the back. Both in Short-Sleeved or Long-Sleeved. This is the perfect shirt to show that you LOVE riding motorcycles. Buy it for yourself or a gift for a friend. Christmas is right around the corner, a perfect gift for the rider in your family. Order online or pick up at the Westgate Bike Night for the next 2 weeks at the Big Biker Babes booth.

Bike Nights
Every Thursday, Sept. 12th – Nov. 14th – Only 2 Nights Left This Season! Westgate Bike Night this Fall being presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports. Bike Night began Thursday night, September 12th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total of 10 nights ending on November 14th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This Thursday, you will once again be able to enjoy a party every Thursday night with Live Music, Vendors, Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains and Hundreds of motorcycles to look at as they cruise by. This is the place to be on Thursday nights for sure.
Attractions this week:
This week will be NASCAR night at Bike Night.
Live Music this week with “74th St. Band” 6-9 PM.
Grab your riding buddies and stop by to enjoy Live Music, Restaurant specials and other special events along the way. Click Here for Photos from the first night. For excellent photos from Rusty Childress of the Firefighter Appreciation night Click Here.
Here are the details for the Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Arena.
When: Thursday nights beginning September 12th – Nov. 14th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Click Here for Flyer.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports:
Arrowhead HD
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Ridenow Powersports
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click Here for a list of our locations.
And to our Associate Sponsors
Curly's Customs. Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
Scottsdale Victory and Indian Motorcycles. Scottsdale, Arizona NOW has it's own INDIAN & VICTORY Motorcycle Dealership! The New 2014 Indian Motorcycles revealed at Sturgis on August 3rd are NOW AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDERING! Be the First to OWN a NEW INDIAN MOTORCYCLE that will revolutionize the Motorcycle Industry!  Stop by and See us at Bike Night.
Bike Night Restaurant Specials.
I have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some consistent bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very well this year to offer some good deals. There will be restaurant specials all season long that include offers from:
McFadden’s - 10% discount on your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular happy hour specials, including $2 domestic Drafts, $3 Wells and $5 Appetizers from 4-7pm.
Calico Jack’s Cantina - $19.99 Bike Night Platters with Nacho chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike Night.
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black Angus Burger, Fries, and Beer special ($15 value) and a FREE cover for 2 card to come back on the weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike Night.
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate Bike Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location. One offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour. Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol, tax, gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50*. Classic pints of draft beer for only $3.75 when showing M class on license. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers and drinks. *Valid from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event days when there are concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or Arena.
Mama Gia’s – Enjoy $3 domestic beer and $.50 cent wings with an order of 24 or more when showing M class on license.
Shane’s Rib Shack – Free 10 piece traditional chicken wings with the purchase of 20 traditional chicken wings when you show your M class license. Plus, domestic beer for $2 per bottle.
Whiskey Rose Bar & Grill. Take 10% off your bill when you show your M class on license. Excludes Alcohol.

This Week
Saturday, November 9th
2nd Annual Veterans Tribute Ride and After Party. An expected 500 motorcycle patriots will join The 2nd Annual Veterans Tribute Ride at Sanderson Ford - 6400 North 51st Ave, in Glendale. In honor of our Veterans and all 5 branches of Armed Services. 10:00 A.M. Ride Registration opens. 12:30 Kick stands up.  After party at Harold's Cave Creek Corral - 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd in Cave Creek. Cost $30.00. This will be a PGR Assisted ride. Highlights include the Glendale Firefighters Honor Guard and the National Anthem by Tim and Willy. See web page for all the details.
Saturday, November 9th
Klique Phoenix Charity Car Show at Chester’s Harley-Davidson. Come enjoy beautiful cars, music, food, beer, and great people at the 17th Anniversary Klique Phoenix Charity Car Show supporting the Colon Cancer Alliance on Saturday November 9th at Chester's Harley-Davidson in Mesa! Come by Chester's Harley-Davidson on Saturday November 9th from 7:00am-5:00pm for the 17th Anniversary Klique Phoenix Charity Car Show supporting the Colon Cancer Alliance! There will be beautiful cars to look at for hours along with beer, great food, and great company! Live DJ entertainment and Platinum Game Entertainment! Move in from 7:00am-11:00am, cars & trucks $25, and bikes $15! 1st place cash prizes & trophies! 2nd & 3rd place trophies! Come and enjoy the festivities while supporting a great cause! Chester’s HD is located at 922 S Country Club Drive in Mesa, AZ 85210. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, November 9th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Veteran Appreciation Day. Attention All Veterans! Ride into Chandler Harley-Davidson on Saturday, November 9th and take advantage of our 15% Off of H-D Licensed Merchandise. This is available to all Active Duty, Retired and Veteran Military Members. Just show your ID for the savings. FREE Food for all from 11AM – 1PM while supplies last. Provided by Rudy’s “Country Store and BBQ”. Music, Raffles and More! Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. . 480-496-6800.
Sunday, November 10th
Veterans Day Weekend Celebration at Chester's Harley-Davidson. Sunday, November 10th Chester's Harley-Davidson is celebrating our Veteran's and their families. Stop by the dealership from 11-1 for FREE hot dog BBQ, and fresh apple pie! Inside the dealership the fun doesn't stop! 15% OFF all men's and women's IN STOCK leather jackets in our Motorclothes Department & 15% OFF all Chrome and Rubber Collection items in Parts! Chester’s HD is located at 922 S Country Club Drive in Mesa, AZ 85210. 480-894-0404.
Next Week
Friday – Sunday
November 15th – 17th
Indian Motorcycles of Peoria Demo Rides.  You’ve heard all about the brand new Indian Motorcycles for 2014 that have been completely redesigned and are now being produced by the multi-billion dollar Polaris Corporation. Now is your chance to ride one for yourself and see what all the fuss is about. Indian of Peoria is having 3 big Demo Days that will put you in the saddle of a 2014 Indian to let you see the difference. 9 AM – 5 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-17. This is your chance to ride the all new Indian Classic, Vintage and Chieftain and experience the power of the Thunder Stroke 111 Cubic Inch engine. To guarantee your spot, email your name, phone number and date and time you would like to or call 623-334-3434. Indian of Peoria is located at 8546 W. Ludlow, Suite 100, Peoria, AZ. - 623-334-3434.
Saturday, November 16th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson 5th Anniversary Party. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 5th anniversary and would like to invite everyone out for a day of fun, free food, and great live music! Join us Saturday November 16th from 11AM till 3 PM for an anniversary party, Harley style! We’ll have great activities including Putt to Win a Harley®, a custom bike show, and more! For more information or to register your bike for the show, contact Phillip McKee at (602) 971-3400 or e-mail Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
Saturday, November 16th
Chester’s Harley-Davidson Party on the Patio and Food Drive. Stop by Chester's Harley-Davidson Saturday, November 16th from 11AM-2PM for our monthly party on the patio! Chester’s Harley-Davidson is collecting non-perishable food items from now until November 16th. FREE event to you. FREE FOOD provided by Vindoo BBQ, LIVE MUSIC by local band Plowd. Make any donation and get FREE ENTRY for a chance to win a Vegas Vacation! (one entry per person, winner drawn at 2PM, must be present to win) What more could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? We'll see you there! Chester’s HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 4400 FANS!Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
This is the easy way to fish. They just jump into the boat. Entertaining watching this guy dodge fish. Click Here to View.
Great Evian Commercial with amazing graphics. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week.  This is truly amazing video of 2 planes colliding in mid air full of skydivers with cameras rolling. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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